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Durham Police Officers Found Not Guilty

Posted November 6, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Did Durham police officers beat up a man during a traffic stop? A jury decided Thursday that the officers were not guilty of that crime.

The officers were charged with brutality when Reginald Craig said they beat him for no reason during a routine traffic stop.

The jury brought in its verdict just before 4 p.m. Jurors said the two police officers did not use excessive force against Craig three years ago.

Officer Jim Cleary, one of those accused, said after the verdict was read that he was happy, not only for himself, but for the entire police department.

Anginette Craig, Reginald Craig's wife, was angry. She said the morning papers should state that police can beat up anyone.

Craig's mother, Betty Johnson, said she wasn't really surprised at the verdict.

Jurors said there was some debate about the verdict, despite the fact that they reached their decision in a matter of hours.